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I went and made myself a hat!
I’m calling this hat “Mood Lifter.” I bought the yarn last Friday after a terrible, rotten, no-good day. It was my first yarn purchase for myself in, ummmmmm, over a year…
The yarn itself is a lovely, lofty, single-ply, barely-spun merino and cashmere blend. It was lovely to work with, and the hat is light and warm – I can barely feel it on my head.
The pattern was well-written, easy to follow and interesting enough that I looked forward to finishing but simple enough that I could work on it while watching teevee or enjoying a beer/glass of wine/cocktail. That being said, there are a few errors in the final product: they stem directly from my strong dislike of Kitchener stitch and my *ahem* inability to count.
Check it out! I made a hat!
Our knitting group was one of the featured girls nights out in this week’s Lowell Sun – we knit, drink beer, eat pub grub, say damm it, and have fun doing it! The article is here, if you are interested!
I just don’t know what to do with this project. I love the yarn, I think I’m really going to love the FO but I’m bored with it. I’m 54 inches (un-blocked) into it and I’m ready to quit. I know that blocking will open the stitches A LOT, adding length (yay!) and width BUT if I quit now it’ll be too short. I have a lot of yarn left, I like a long scarf/stole and I know that I should jus keep going. The problem? <whine>I just don’t waaaaaaant to!</whine>
The qiviuk is calling…
…I was getting ready to go to the first day of RHINEBECK! This week, though short, has been awfully long.
My motto this year – go big or go home. See, I went to Rhinebeck after having been on a yarn diet since SPA in February. I have a big stash and I’m a slow knitter so I need to knit before I buy. I know that yarn diets are supposed to be these terrible things, but mine wasn’t too bad – I honestly wasn’t tempted much during the last eight months and only broke the diet twice – once to buy some alpaca in March and once, just a few weeks ago, to buy some Malabrigo lace. I didn’t feel “bad” about either of these purchases or about breaking my diet – I am not the type of person who places value judgements on things like shopping – I pay my bills, I save, I’m not particularly spendthrift so if I have the money and I want something, well, I buy it.
That was where I was at when I headed out to NY for the weekend – I had a nice amount of money to spend (my savings at work!) but nothing I really needed to buy. So I decided that I was just going to buy something really fancy – something I probably wouldn’t buy on a regular trip to my LYS. Maybe some cashmere, maybe some silk, maybe some qiviuk… Guess what won?
Yes, the qiviuk! I love it and can’t wait to start knitting with it! I’ve been knitting like a fiend on my current WIP because I want to finish. it. up. and move on to the fancy. I have 654 yards and I think it’ll become a longer Alhambra.
The only dark spot on the entire weekend – no fried pickles or fried garlic. Oh, well there’s always next year – plans are already in the works – yipiee!
Yay for long weekends! Especially ones that continue on to Tuesdays where everyone else is working!
Yesterday was a very exciting day! Why? Knitting Nature arrived.
Sometime this weekend, as I was stuck on the couch with a back spasm (boo!), I fell head over heels in love with Norah Gaughan. I was Raveling away and I came across all of these gorgeous patterns so I did what any sane person would do – I hopped on Amazon and ordered her book, Knitting Nature (I also may have run to The Woolpack to get Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol. 1 and later regretted it because it certainly didn’t help matters with my back *ahem*). Continue reading